The large, bone-white sculptural jade figure is kneeling, as if in supplication, with its hands on its knees, fingers pointing down. Its ears are pinned back and its head turned upwards towards the heavens. His humanoid body is stout and decorated with double hook patterns in bas relief. Each individual marking is masterfully carved with stunning depth. The fine line on the outside of each pattern gives way to a deeper, beveled inside line. Its head is feline, likely a tiger, with open eyes and mouth. Its eyes take the shape of a rounded rectangle and its nostrils form around a long "S' shaped patten that continues up and over its snout. This work is thematically similar to one discovered at the Changzikou tomb at Taiqing Palace in Luyi county, Henan Province in 1997.
Jade, H: 3 3/8 in. W: 1 3/4 in. With a certificate of authenticity issued by Gu Fang, Senior Fellow of the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)